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Skip Gorman


Skip Gorman has followed Monroe's traditional fiddle-style of mandolin playing for 38 years. As an old-time fiddle player, himself, Skip has captured the essence and beauty of Monroe's playing on the mandolin-having sat with the master on several occasions. "Skip Gorman remains best known in bluegrass circles as perhaps the finest exponent today of the style of mandolin Bill Monroe played with the Monroe Brothers." Art Menius - Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. Through his music, Skip Gorman brings back to life the workaday world of the cowboys of the American West. Gorman brings to the music a scholar's knowledge of the cowboy's Celtic, Spanish and Afro-American roots as well as the personal experience gained by working as a cowboy on a ranch in Wyoming, along with an exquisite touch as a singer, guitarist, fiddler and mandolinist.

Playing with his old time cowboy band, The Waddie Pals, Skip takes the music from one of the most romanticized periods of American history-the days of the cattle drives and westward expansion-strips away the Hollywood glitz and Nashville affectations, and shows us the beauty of the music as it was sung and played along emigrant trails and in cowcamps over a hundred years ago in the American West.

Gorman has performed on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, at bluegrass festivals, cowboy gatherings and at folk venues throughout the US and Europe. Documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, has featured Skip's music in both Lewis and Clark and Baseball. Skip Gorman has released six recordings on the Rounder, Folk Legacy and Marimac labels. He is featured on many others.

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Address: PO Box 307, Grafton, New Hampshire 3240

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